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Earl Hofmann (b. March 11, 1928, Baltimore, MD - d. September 29, 1992, Leonardtown, MD) was one of Baltimore's realist artists who assisted Jaques Maroger at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Saint Mary's College.

Art career

Earl Hofmann started painting when he was a young child at the age of 12. He had a great interest in the Art field throughout his teenage years. He graduated Forest Park High School in 1946. He then attended Maryland Institute College of Art, and then taught there until in 1970. In 1961, he and a group of painters founded the Baltimore Maroger Group and the Baltimore Six Realists. He then moved to Southern Maryland to teach at Saint Mary's College. Earl Hofmann also taught at Boys Latin School, the Baltimore County Public Schools, Charles County Community College, and other private classes. He painted many paintings for the families of Maryland, businesses, and other commissions for churches, courthouses, schools. The Painting, "Jean Betty" is located in the Saint Mary's County Governmental Center. Another painting featuring Historic Saint Mary's City in a timeline from the early 1600s to the late 1900s is part of a Smithsonian collection in the Saint Mary's City Visitor Center. Murals and paintings by Earl Hofmann are in buildings in Baltimore such as, Mercy Medical Center, St. Ignatius Church, St. Joseph Monastery Church, and the Basilica of Assumption in Baltimore, Maryland. Earl Hofmann was also included in many art contests, and became part of the New York City art scene at a young age. For example, he was included at the Grand Central Galleries in 1951 which included famous artist, Edward Hopper as a judge. He studied with Reginald Marsh in this period. At the Peale Museum in Baltimore, he was a frequent exhibitor. Other museums that his work was included in were the Corcoran and Venice Biennials. His paintings were selected for the Guggenheim Traveling Exhibition, as well as being included in the International Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1992, the Hofmann family started an Artist Medium Company called Pontifex Inc., which supplied medium to artists and colleges.

Personal Life

Earl Hofmann married Jean Nordstrom in 1949, and had 4 children in Baltimore, Maryland. They lived in Bolton Hill, an artist neighborhood that included the Maryland Institute College of Art, and many artist and teachers such as Norman Carlberg. The family moved to Saint Mary's County, in Southern Maryland for a Mr. Hofmann's new job at Saint Mary's College in 1971. As the children grew up they moved back to Baltimore, and Earl and Jean Hofmann stayed in Hollywood, Maryland, not far from Leonardtown. From 1970s to the early 1990s, Earl was an artist-in-residence and continued painting until he became ill with Cancer in 1991. On September 29, 1992, Earl Hofmann died of Lung Cancer.

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